Thurrock youngsters visit scenes of Nazi horror

Thurrock Gazette: Young people from Thurrock line up next to the Firing Wall memorial in Auschwitz Young people from Thurrock line up next to the Firing Wall memorial in Auschwitz

A GROUP of youngsters from Thurrock were joined by teachers and councillors on a recent trip to Poland to visit the scene of a number of Second World War Nazi horrors.

The trip to Krakow and nearby concentration camp Auschwitz is part of scheme to promote fairness, equality and understanding throughout the borough.

Council leader John Kent was on the trip – which included a seven hour delay getting home - and said he found it tiring and emotional.

He said: “Seeing the camps, the ghetto walls in Krakow, and the other places whether Nazi atrocities were carried out really brings the horrors of mindless and pointless hate home, a message we should all be passing on to everyone we meet – all the more so with the news coming out of Syria this week.”

Councillor Lynn Worral, in charge of communities, was also on the trip. She said: “It’s important that every year, here in Thurrock, we remember the six million Jews who were tortured and gassed for no other reason than the fact that they were Jews.”

This Monday, January 27, is Holocaust Memorial Day. A service will take place at High View Memorial Garden in Grays from 11am.

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10:50am Wed 22 Jan 14

jniech says...

It is worthy of you to cover the German crimes committed in occupied Poland during WWII. The suffering of six million Jews (half who were Polish citizens) plus the millions of other including ethnic Poles at the hands of the Germans and their allies should not be forgotten.
It is worthy of you to cover the German crimes committed in occupied Poland during WWII. The suffering of six million Jews (half who were Polish citizens) plus the millions of other including ethnic Poles at the hands of the Germans and their allies should not be forgotten. jniech

12:30pm Wed 22 Jan 14

jimpres says...

Most of what you have written is true but could be more correct if the article stated who established the camps on occupied Polish soil. The German Nazis established the camps on Polish soil. True they were in Poland but there were definitely not Polish. Six million did perish in the camps. All Poles of which three million were Jews.
Most of what you have written is true but could be more correct if the article stated who established the camps on occupied Polish soil. The German Nazis established the camps on Polish soil. True they were in Poland but there were definitely not Polish. Six million did perish in the camps. All Poles of which three million were Jews. jimpres

4:50am Fri 24 Jan 14

Delta91 says...

The only country mentioned is Poland. "Nazi" refers to neither a country nor a nationality. In the interest of accuracy, it should be clarified that the Holocaust was masterminded and perpetrated by Nazi Germany. Polish Christians were their victims.
The only country mentioned is Poland. "Nazi" refers to neither a country nor a nationality. In the interest of accuracy, it should be clarified that the Holocaust was masterminded and perpetrated by Nazi Germany. Polish Christians were their victims. Delta91

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